Ascension Sunday. 40 days after the resurrection. From the Creed, “And he ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God.” It’s the day the present Lord became absent. And we were left behind. Maybe that’s why it’s the most forgotten feast day in the church year. Who wants to celebrate being […]

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Faith journey when it’s really hard

As a Christian, I firmly believe that God is here for his children, namely, you and me. This morning I’ve been asked to focus on my faith journey. My remarks this morning relate more to the reading you heard earlier. The question in 1 Peter 3:14 pertains, “Who will harm you if you are eager […]

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His kingdom will have no end

On the day before Easter, because it was my turn to do the liturgy, I was reviewing everything for the Easter services. I wanted to make sure that I had everything in my head, and ready to go! Each high festival Sunday, like Christmas and Easter, we use the Nicene Creed. The other 99% of […]

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What’s your bottom-line hope?

You know the guy. The one with the rainbow wig at football games. He’s holding a John 3:16 sign. If folks have committed to memory any verse of Scripture, chances are it’s this one. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, […]

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What is it about the cross that makes people whisper? Pastor Ed Markquart traveled with members of his congregation to the Holy Lands. What he remembers most was what happened when the group visited Golgotha. Everyone spoke in hushed whispers, even though they were outside! Even though it was a beautiful day! Even though there […]

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Easy Christianity

Many years ago, the Betty Crocker Company offered a product which only needed water. All you had to do was add water, and you would get a perfect, delicious cake every time. It was a great new idea! But, it bombed! Nobody bought it. Research showed that people weren’t buying the cake mix because it […]

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How do we pray?

I heard a story the other day of a pilot having a bit of trouble flying his airplane. “Pilot to tower, pilot to tower. … I’m 300 miles from the airport, six hundred feet above the ground, and I’m out of fuel. Descending rapidly. Please advise. Over.” “Tower to pilot. … Repeat after me: ‘Our […]

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Getting involved – the Jesus piece

What is it about getting involved that makes some people perk up and others shrink back? Is it personality style, fear of over-commitment, notoriety, it’s the right thing to do, it’s the wrong thing to do? What is it? The Pharisees were quite sure that they had this whole thing figured out. They wanted to […]

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